May 13th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

McAuliffe said Clinton is in the race through June 3.

McAuliffe said Clinton is in the race through June 3.

(CNN) - Despite calls from some for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid, her campaign chairman insisted Monday she will stay in the race until the last primary and predicted the New York Democrat will overtake Barack Obama in the popular vote.

“We are going through to June 3," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said on MSNBC Monday. "I can unequivocally tell you we are in until June 3.”

“We will move ahead in the popular vote. There are 1.1 million Democrats in West Virginia, there are 1.6 million in Kentucky, 2.4 million in Puerto Rico. We win by these huge margins, have good turnout there, we will pick up a significant amount of the popular vote."

Polls show Clinton will likely score big wins in the next two primary states, West Virginia and Kentucky, though it remains virtually impossible for the New York senator to catch Obama in the pledged delegate count. She lost her lead among the party’s superdelegates on Monday.

Montana and South Dakota hold the last two primary contests on June 3.


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  1. gubby Rao

    Hillary is for America. She may not be a nominee for Democrats but she is the nominee for real americans. If she contest as Independent, I bet she wins in the November election. She would be the great President.

    May 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Ken

    This proves it... the whole campaign is crazy and in denial.

    May 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. SJ

    I just don't understand what has Obama done as a Senator. He is clean because he has not done anything.

    When i see Clinton fight till the end i respect her even more. Its like people telling an athelete that you cannot win and the athlete goes and performs well to win. That is determination.

    I don't see Obama winning in Nov.

    May 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Jeff, Burlington VT

    Keep dreamin' Terry. And while you do you and HRC will just keep tearing our party apart. I'm sure McCain will want to take you out to dinner after this is over so keep your calendar open.

    May 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Bruce Taylor, Berkeley, CA

    OBAMA NOW LEADS BY 10 SUPERDELEGATES, 281 – 271, OVER CLINTON.
    THE ELECTION WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF IRREGARDLESS OF PUNDITRY OR SPECULATION.

    May 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Glenn

    Big whoop tee do!

    Clinton will surely win W. Va. and Ky! Who cares that she wins these two small states? Clinton herself made fun of Obama winning small states and now it's supposed to be different for her? With her so-called experience as commander-in-chief, Hillary should know the military startegy of losing a battle (like W. Va. and Ky.) is not the same as winning the war (the actual nomination which Obama will win next week after Oregon). As Bill says "just chill out!" $10 million in debt plus $12 borrowed from herself are the signs of losing campaign. Fat lady is singing "Obama 08 and 12!"

    May 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Kirk

    Obama & His Campaign Would Like An Early Close To This historic Primary …. They Want Us To Beleive They Have Won ….. Truth Is They Haven't … Hillary Has The Edge Now , And can Win The Primary !!….. And YES The Math Is In Her Favor !!!!

    Obama 's Campaign Is trying To Buy The Nomination …… Nice try Obama ….. Hillary Will NEVER Sell Out The American People … She's A Fighter , She Will Go The Distance And Will WIN The Nomination For PRESIDENT !!!!!

    GO ! HILLARY !!!!!! YOUR THE WINNER !!!!!

    PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!! 2008″

    May 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Raphael

    I think she will win West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico by large margins. However, I also think that Obama will win Oregon by large margins.

    May 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Bryan

    It all depends on how you do the math. It is tough to do a popular vote count when many of the races have been caucuses and not primaries. Its all "politician speak" and the rules say nothing about popular vote; otherwise, there wouldn't be caucuses.

    May 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. emmy

    all Clinton supporters please get out and vote..we are counting on you and you can count on us here in Kentucky...we will win the popular vote and there will be no stopping us..Hillary wins!!

    May 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Megan

    Barack has....
    1. Created a new conversation across the country about politics and ethics
    2. Inspired millions of young people to get off their butts and become active and care about our country
    3. Walked away from a multimillion dollar out of Harvard job to build communities across racial divides in Chicago
    4. Voted against the war in Iraq from day 1
    5. Raised the bar and may help us regain a positive reputation in the rest of the world to show that we do care about others and we are no longer "old school".

    Also, I am pretty sure he's a good family man-that might help get some of those Republican votes from McCain and Mistress Cindy!

    Obama '08!!

    May 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. joe

    Puerto Rico does not vote in the general election!

    And Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan!

    So why would their popular votes matter?????

    Yet another example of the Clintons selfishly in pursuit of the nomination without ANY regard for the damage it may do to Senator Obama and the battle to win the White House.

    Dear Hillary and Bill - LET SOMEONE ELSE Lead America for a change! Anyone else TIRED OF BUSH / CLINTON / BUSH / CLINTON????

    May 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. I must say

    Whatever anyone wants to say, there is a system, there are rules. Obama – like him or not – played by them and has been wining by them. All the other candidates have dropped out to give the candidate with the shot a much clearer path and at the same time put the party and its unity ahead of personal ambition. At this point my only conclusion is Hillary is being selfish and myopic. Had the roles been reversed she and the whole of America would have been telling BHO to do the same thing. Just call it a good run and fall back. For once, put the party above yourself.
    Nuff said.

    May 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Guanto

    Just a thought... Isn't this analagous to suggesting that a football team that gained more yards, but scored fewer points should be the winning team?

    The Clinton argument has some merit, but – unfortuneately for her campaign – it requires everyone to disregard the clearly established rules. Again.

    May 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. for the good of the democratic party

    how does that change anything? last time I checked, it's all about delegates and Clinton is almost down by 200

    May 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Mike

    She'll only be ahead in the popular vote if you ignore caucus states and count Michigan, where Obama was not on the ballot. Never the less, I have no doubts that they will claim this as some sort of mandate without a hint of irony.

    And for all the Clinton supporters bashing the media: This race would have been long over if they media hadn't spent the last 6 to 8 years building up the inevitable Hillary candidacy. If Hillary was ahead by the same margin as Obama has been for most of this campaign, there is no way it would have been portrayed as close as it has been.

    May 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. kris

    She won't win the popular vote – so the issue is moot. Even if she picks up a 35% advantage over Obama, on average, in WV, KY, and Puerto Rico, and the rest of the states tie, it won't do it. The turnout she would need for a 35% advantage to be enough would be far greater than the turnout in any other state in the race so far. Not going to happen. If she won all 3 by an average of 60%, it's possible. She'll see huge margins in WV and KY, but not 60% margins – and she's probably looking at 10-15% only in Puerto Rico.

    May 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. guy chiko

    Thi blog as usual wants to brainwash us by showing more pictures of Clinton as if she is the only one running for the presidency. It has been a very much overt operation that you put Clinton's head as if you are trying to hide Obama.

    May 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Brian from NYC

    BREAKING NEWS – I am the new Democratic Nominee!!! I counted all the votes and I have 100% of all votes!!! However, I have changed the rules and only my 1 year old son got to vote!!! Which, of course, he voted for his DAD!!!! or maybe it was just gas, but it doesn't matter I am declaring VICTORY!!! I have more delegates, the most popular votes, and I am not in debt 20 million dollars!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. Don

    Will Hillary tear the party apart?
    Why do they continue to put the election in the other parties pocket?
    Is Hillary determined to have the Democratic Party split so they do lose the election? Is her ambition such that she will give four more years to the other party so she can try it again in 4 years?
    What kind of leadership is she showing? She is again showing poor leadership or she is not able to make her own decisions and someone else is doing it for her.
    Who can really trust her to make good decisions as president when she can't even make the one to stop her campaign?
    Is she that blind or does she just not care because it is all about her and what she gets or does not get?
    How can anyone still be voting for such a person.
    Talk about not understanding the basics.

    May 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Phyllis from Canada

    I'm missing the point here.
    Does winning the popular vote accomplish anything for the Democratic Party OR the country?

    What is Hilary's plan for after June 3?

    May 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. ITS NOT 3AM, PLEASE WAKE UP!

    WE DONT WANT A PRESIDENT WITH 20MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DEBT. THATS THE FIRST THING SHE WILL GET BACK IF SHE IS THE NOMINEE.

    WAKE UP, OBAMA IS THE NOMINEE...WHY IS THIS SO STRANGE??

    May 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. MNR

    I'm a Clinton supporter, but Terry needs to get real. As much as I want(ed) Hillary to win, the rules are that the nominee is decided by the delegates and super delegates. The popular vote has nothing to do with it. If Terry thinks it should, then he should have been working, in advance of the primary elections, to change the party rules. I'm not thrilled about Obama, but it looks like he is going to win this thing fair and square. For those Clinton supporters who are posting that they will not vote for Obama, I am curious what their reaction would have been toward Obama supporters refusing to vote for Clinton. Hypocrisy is rampant.

    May 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. SFSportsFan

    At least she's not letting a minor thing like the fact that she is not getting the nomination stop her from stirring up all this mess....

    May 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Kirk

    Obama & His Campaign Would Like An Early Close To This Historic Primary …. They What Us To Beleive They Have Won ….. Truth Is They Haven't … Hillary Has The Edge Now , And can Win The Primary ….. And YES The Math Is In Her Favor !!!!

    Obama 's Campaign Is trying To Buy The Nomination …… Nice try Obama ….. Hillary Will NEVER Sell Out The American People … She's A Fighter , She Will Go The Distance And Will WIN The Nomination For PRESIDENT !!!!!

    GO ! HILLARY !!!!!! YOUR THE WINNER !!!!!

    PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!! 2008″

    May 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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